Category Archives: Hybrid

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About European Emissions Standards

European emissions standards define the acceptable limits for exhaust emissions of new vehicles sold in the European Union. These standards are defined by a series of EU directives dictating the progressive introduction of increasingly stringent standards. Car manufacturers and, for example, business hire companies are obliged to comply. This infographic courtesy of Northgate Vehicle Hire tells the story: Continue reading

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Suzuki Swift: Great Value Supermini

All versions of the good-looking Suzuki Swift tip the scales at well under 1000kg thus delivering a lively and fun driving experience from the available economic engines. I liked the previous model a lot and this new one improves on that across the board. The test car, in top-of-the-range SZ5 trim, came loaded with extras (see the full spec below) and still cost under £16k, making this supermini tremendous value. Continue reading

The Future Of Automotive Fuel

Motorparks, fuel, new cars, used car, MOTThere’s nothing new about electric cars and the like, it’s just that fossil fuel has held sway for so long nobody has been much bothered about new ways to propel cars: Until now. Since the infamous ‘Dieselgate’ fracas, diesel powered vehicle have had a bit of a knock-back. People are wondering if there is something in this alternative fuel business after all and new and used car dealership Motorparks have now produced this excellent graphic to light the way forward: Continue reading

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Diesel: Is It The End?

Twenty years ago the car buying public were encouraged to buy diesel vehicles to help save our embattled environment. How naive we were back then; how innocent. Why, we even voted Labour if you can imagine it! It won’t be news to anyone that this was not the greatest idea after all as it has caused an increase in diseases from asthma to cancer, allegedly driven vast numbers of folk to an early grave and sent up air pollution in our cities to levels even higher than the hot air that emanates from Parliament. Which is to say a lot. Continue reading

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Hybrid Ford Mustang & A New Golden Age of Automobiles

Bill Crittenden of the Crittenden Automotive Library prefers the modern approach to the Ford Mustang: Bill writes from the  USA:   Technology seems to be encroaching upon the most fun and interesting aspects of owning and driving automobiles: automatic transmissions, electric cars, self-driving cars, cars bloated by safety features and fuel economy regulations strangling design creativity. There’s a constant barrage of technological advancements vying for our attention on the dashboard that are replacing the charms of “well-weathered leather, hot metal and oil” of the cars of years gone by. Continue reading

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The Greening Of Britain

Apparently, at the C40 Conference of Mayors climate change knees-up held in Mexico City (And did you even know that there was a ‘conference of mayors’?), four of the world’s greatest cities – Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City itself – have decided to ban diesel powered cars within the next decade. Expect this attitude to diesel to spread rapidly. No doubt Sadiq Khan will lay plans for London just as soon as he gets back from ‘fact-finding’ in sun-kissed Central America. Continue reading

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Fuel Prices On The Up. Who’d Have Thought It?

September 2017 sees the introduction of new EU exhaust emission regulations in the wake of the VW scandal and the like. Obviously we all now know that the laboratory based emission figures for cars bear no relation to the real world. Manufacturers have been downsizing engines like mad to comply with this load of spurious baloney and have now, in some cases, got to begin up-sizing their motors to meet the challenges of legitimate and accurate emission control. Continue reading

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – Premium Comfort

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) is the UK’s best-selling vehicle of its type. Mitsubishi reckon that the official fuel consumption figure is up to 156mpg but, to be frank, it would take a very special set of circumstances to achieve this. I certainly didn’t manage it but to be fair I was putting the test car through its paces. Continue reading

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Driverless Cars – “You Won’t Get Me Into One Of Those Things”

A postprandial sojourn on the sofa is part of any man’s life. The other day, after just such a nap, I awoke to find I had a bit of a sore throat. Well, you can imagine the rest. By the end of the day I had a full-blown man-cold and, as a result, I have fallen behind on the work. Therefore I can’t now report the latest news on driverless cars so much as just comment upon it. Continue reading

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Should Older Car Journalists Be Humanely Put Down?

Life moves on. Time and tide wait for no man. Science advances, but like the grizzled denizens of the automotive jungle that they are, perhaps some car scribes have been left behind by the technology of the motor car. Before you cry foul, it is with great misgivings that I guess I’ll have to class myself in the ‘older journalist’ bracket so I know of what I speak, yet I must remain impartial. Continue reading